Geneva: A clear majority of Swiss voters support a nationwide ban on wearing face masks in public, known as the “burqa ban.”
According to the Tameez Ezeger daily, according to a poll of 15,000 eligible voters, a full percentage of respondents said they would vote yes or no in the popular vote on the ban. Considering voting.
The Swiss people are ready to vote on whether they want to ban face-covering on March 7, when they will vote on other issues as part of the country’s popular direct democracy. Will put
The text does not explicitly mention Muslim veils, only stating that “no one shall hide his face from the public, nor in areas accessible to the public or in those areas.” Where services are generally accessible to all. ” But the proposed ban, opposed by the Swiss government, is seen targeting Muslim veils covering burqas and other faces.
The move has also led to several exceptions, including in “places of worship”, and, for health reasons, in these epidemic visits.
The Emergence Committee, which introduced the initiative, has the support of the right-wing Swiss People’s Party, but some left-wing politicians have joined the campaign in the name of protecting women’s rights.
Swiss Justice Minister Karen Keller-Sterr announced this week that the government, in opposition to the nationwide ban, had stressed that women wearing full-body veils are rarely seen in Switzerland. ۔
“Most of the women wearing such veils are tourists,” she insisted. The justice minister also stressed that the matter should be left to the 26 corners of Switzerland. Two cantons, Techno and St. Gallen, have already introduced such a ban, while three other cantons, Zurich, Solothurn and Glaros, have refused to do so in recent years.
The government and parliament are backing a contradictory proposal that would require people to show their face to authorities for identification purposes, for example at borders or on public transport.
According to the counter-proposal, anyone who refuses can be fined up to 10,000 Swiss francs ($ 11,300, 9,300 euros).